With nine-goal thrillers, red cards, and enough drama to break the internet into tiny pieces the north London derby rarely disappoints and that's when only bragging rights and three points are at stake.
This time out a title is on the line or at least the chance for either side to position themselves as Leicester's main contender for a league nobody seems to want.
So does that make this Saturday lunchtime's neighbourly exchange the biggest Spurs v Arsenal clash in living memory? Maybe. Probably. It certainly places it among some esteemed company as we look back at five of the most important games that shook Seven Sisters Road to its very core.
Spurs 0 Arsenal 1 (1971)
Having your arch rivals clinch a league title on your ground is akin to that bloke down the pub who you can't stand getting fruity with your girlfriend in your own bedroom. Then doing a lap of honour of the bed afterwards with a trophy your beloved has breathlessly handed to him.
You stand rooted to the spot as the cat lovingly nuzzles his bare ankles. It can't feel very nice.
Such indignity befell Spurs on May 3rd 1971 as Bertie Mee's team headed to the Lane on the final day of the season needing a scoreless draw or victory to secure their first championship for twenty years.
A titanic season-long battle with Leeds had come down to this with over fifty thousand crammed onto every inch of terracing and chewing their fingernails to the knuckles. In the event Arsenal were the better side throughout, a Pat Jennings masterclass keeping the inevitable at bay until Ray Kennedy looped home a headed late winner.
Day days later at Wembley Charlie George lashed home a famous decider against Liverpool before even more famously falling back knackered in celebration. It meant the Gunners were only the fourth team to ever win a double. Spurs had been the third.
The girlfriend lustily looked on impressed.
Spurs 2 Arsenal 3 (1988)
Another Gunners win but once all the work-colleagues had enjoyed their jibes it was Tottenham fans who could be most encouraged after witnessing their first moment of genius from a man called Gascoigne, a child named Paul, and a creation who became known as Gazza.
A crazy 12 minutes had heralded five goals the last of which saw Spurs' record new signing lose a boot yet still somehow beat John Lukic with a flapping sock. The goal was typically impudent and non-conventional as a consequence but far more inspiring for the home faithful was the playground exuberance Gazza played the entire game, dribbling and driving and matching the flicks and tricks with a tribal intensity that was simply rousing.
A new idol was established on this September day which made losing to a club who shared the same postcode almost bearable.
Spurs 3 Arsenal 1 (FA Cup semi-final 1991)
Three years later came the clown prince's crowning glory. Just five minutes in to the first ever semi-final to be held at Wembley Gazza unleashed a thirty yard free-kick that had David Seaman floundering like a salmon with Tourettes.
It was a strike so magical and iconic the history books have almost erased Lineker's brace or Alan Smith's consolation. It was followed by a performance for the ages.
This was Gazza's parting gift to fans who rightfully adored him and - considering what happened one month later against Nottingham Forest - his final. Shared credit however should also go to Barry Davies' peerless commentary. Schoolboy's own stuff indeed.
Spurs 2 Arsenal 2 (2004)
As Oscar Wilde might have said, letting your hated neighbours win the league on your turf once is unfortunate. Twice is the height of masochism.
This was Arsenal at their most invincible and with five fixtures left their unbeatable brilliance had made a thirteenth title a formality. For Spurs then it was all about delaying the inevitable, denying Henry and co a post-match party on the White Hart Lane pitch, and ideally depriving their rivals of forever basking in the I word.
Two first-half goals by the visitors made the task almost impossible but a fiery second period saw Jamie Redknapp give Spurs hope before an injury time pen by Robbie Keane led to them throwing the proverbial kitchen sink in the dying moments.
It amounted to too little too late and the mass exodus on the final whistle was comparable to The Vamps playing a surprise set at Download festival. Henry and co drenched themselves in champagne and didn't care a jot.
Spurs 5 Arsenal 1 (Carling Cup semi-final 2008)
After 21 unsuccessful attempts at beating their old foes Spurs were developing something of a derby complex but a 1-1 first-leg draw at the Emirates was the perfect set-up to put that right.
What helped matters considerably was this was an Arsenal side in transition a fact hinted at earlier in the season with a Gallas strop at Birmingham and proven beyond doubt here with several instances of in-house bickering among the players. With Henry, Pires, Cambell and Cole gone an era of so-nearly-but-not-quite beckoned and it seemed the talent left behind knew it.
A comprehensive rout that included three devastating counters then might be regarded as being cruel. For Tottenham fans old enough to recall McLintock lifting the league trophy at the Lane and Adams later doing likewise it probably felt like five goals too few.